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2012 Qingdao Sailing Week 8.18-9.02

August 11, 2012 in About Qingdao, Events

Check out the 4th annual Qingdao International Sailing Week in Qingdao from August 18 to September 2, 2012. The events and activities over the 15 day “week” include the Mayor’s Cup Race from Weihai to Qingdao, an Optimist Camp and Regatta, the Lushang Cup Race, and educational displays and forums at venues including the Qingdao Olympic Sailing Center, Yinhai Marina, and Bathing Beach 3.

Get more info on races and activities at the Qingdao International Sailing Week official website.

The Mayor’s Cup gets an early start with registration in Weihai on August 14. The race begins on the 16th, has legs to Rushan and Qingdao, with the arrival and awards ceremony in Qingdao heralding the official start of the Sailing Week on August 18.

The Optimist Training Camp and Regatta for youth born after August 1, 1997 begins training on August 16, racing on August 20, and prize giving ceremony on August 22.

The 9 races of the Lushang Cup are from August 30 to September 2, offering prize money of 4000 Euro for the winner of the Beneteau First 40 and 3000 Euro to the champions of races in Flying Tiger and Far East 26.

More info on 2012 Qingdao International Sailing Week:

Now known by the world from its glory days as sailing host of the 2008 Olympics, Qingdao boasts a spectacular oceanfront playground for all kinds of water sports along its 863 kilometers of shoreline.

Starting in 2009, Qingdao International Sailing Week has been held from the third Saturday in August and lasts 16 days.

This year’s event will begin on Aug 18 and conclude on Sept 2 at the Qingdao Olympic Sailing Center.

Lin Zhiwei, head of the Qingdao Sports Federation and executive secretary of the committee for major sailing competitions and festivities in Qingdao, said this year’s sailing week themed “Sailing capital to boost the blue transformation” has more than 40 activities.

Divided into eight components, they include international sailing competitions, Olympic cultural exchanges, promotion of sailing knowledge and culture, sailing industry events and experience exchanges among youth sailors.

“At the forefront of China’s opening up policy and the bridgehead of the Shandong peninsula blue economic zone, Qingdao will leverage its sailing week to promote communication with the international sailing community to develop the city’s high-end sailing equipment manufacturing and related industries,” said Lin.

The event’s Helmsman Series of exchanges include a Sailing Celebrity Dialogue, Sailing Star Challenge and an awards ceremony for the world’s top players in the sport to share their sailing experiences and present the latest industry developments.

Qu Chun, member of the race management committee of the International Sailing Federation and vice-secretary general of the Chinese Yachting Association, said the sailing week will also include activities to popularize sailing sports in schools and local communities.

“We will hold sailboat and sailing experiences at the main site and three sub-venues to promote sailing to the youth, local citizens and tourists. This sport will develop into a promising industry, driving the city’s sports and leisure economy.”

As the cradle of sport sailing in China, Qingdao has hosted international events ranging from the 2008 Olympic and Paralympic Sailing Competitions to the Clipper Round the World race, the Volvo Ocean Race and the Extreme Sailing Series.

More recently it was announced that Qingdao will host the Asia leg of the International Sailing Federation’s ISAF Sailing World Cup in 2013 and 2014, according to ISAF.

The concentration of sailing competitions has put Qingdao on course to lead as the top sailing destination in Asia. At the same time, the local government is providing coaching to young sailors so they can carry on its Olympic legacy, expecting all-round prosperity by greater participation.

Equipped with 1,050 sailboats and 200,000 sailing manuals, 138 sailing institutions ranging from public schools to yacht clubs had been founded by 2011.

There are more than 10,000 young sailors in the city and 300 teachers who have passed national exams to be certified as sailing instructors.

The Qingdao Olympic Sailing City Promotion Committee was founded in 2010 and the city joined the World Union of Olympic Cities at the same year.

Since 2009, the Qingdao Sailing Association has sent delegates to various sailing events across the globe, forging links with sailing associations in more than 20 countries and regions and the noted maritime cities of Inchon, South Korea, Kiel, Germany and Brest, France.

Following the 2008 Olympics, International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge remarked that great changes had taken place since his previous visit to Qingdao in 2005. The city has become one of the world’s top sailing venues with an excellent working team, he added.

Relevant Links:
Qingdao International Sailing Week

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2012 Qingdao Beer Festival 8.11-26

August 2, 2012 in About Qingdao, Events

The 2012 Qingdao International Beer Festival takes place August 11 to 26, 2012, at the Laoshan Beer Passion Square (aka Century Square) near Qingdao Beer City and the Qingdao Convention Center in Laoshan district. This year marks the 22nd anniversary of the festival that originated at Zhongshan Park in 1991 and later occupied Huiquan Square and Beer City, since moved to the renamed Century Square for this year’s event.

The festival is open daily from 10 am to 11 pm. Beer brands on tap include commercial brews like Tsingtao, Budweiser, Carlsberg, Heineken, Kirin and Asahi as well as Krombacher, Paulaner, Beck’s, Černá Hora and more. Long time Chinese bar faves Tiger and Corona will also be available. See the beer fest’s official website for more info on the beers and venue (excuse the Chinglish).

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The organizers of the Qingdao International Beer Festival have announced that ticket prices for the event will be fixed at 10 yuan (US$1.56) for morning entry and 15 yuan (US$2.35) after 3 pm. The announcement means that ticket prices for the event have remained unchanged for 12 years.

The organizers hope that the ticket price will make the festival accessible to all, and that it will also act as a beer expo and a city brand for Qingdao.

What to Expect

Vendors using the gaudiest costumes and loudest music at their disposal to attract thirsty drinkers and eaters. Beer drinking contests in a perfect storm of ganbei culture. Drunken public karaoke on big stages with performances by dancers and singers.

The perfect place for revelers who, in the words of the late Frank Zappa, “Seek the path to the sudsy yellow nozzle of their foaming nocturnal parametric digital whole-wheat inter-faith geo-thermal terpsichorean ejectamenta”.

Previous experience suggests that drinking beer at the Qingdao Beer Fest is an experience worth writing home about.

Qingdao International Beer Festival

Qingdao Beer Festival Dancers

The Opening Ceremony

The opening ceremony takes place on August 11 at Tiantai Stadium. It will be televised throughout China on CCTV and broadcast live in Qingdao on QTV. The headliner scheduled to appear this year is Chinese-American pop star Li Wen. The opening ceremony traditionally showcases dancers and singers capped off by a huge fireworks display. The closing ceremony follows the same typical festival pomp and circumstance, and a fireworks show.

Tips for a Better Experience at the 2011 Qingdao International Beer Festival

  • Feel free to strike up innocuous friendships with perfect strangers who would like nothing more than to get drunk with you and then part ways forever. Or not.
  • Go on a weekday when the crowds are smaller. Less people means shorter lines at the WC.
  • Eat well to soak up all the beer, which goes very well with meat on a stick, aka chuanr, on sale along with other Chinese food all around the fest.
  • Ganbei (Cheers) with the World!

Tsingtao Beer

Qingdao International Beer Festival Keg

Qingdao Transportation and Accommodation for the 2012 Qingdao Beer Fest

The fest site is in the far east of the metropolitan Qingdao area, in Laoshan district near to the Old Stone Man Beach, aka Shilaoren. Getting to and from the Beer Fest may pose a challenge unless you stay within walking distance. The area around the fest is usually restricted for personal vehicles and some streets are completely closed off.

Taxis in Qingdao can be hard to come by during the summer tourist season, and the situation just gets 8 times worse around the Beer Fest. It’s probably best to avoid rush hours if you are trying to catch a cab in the downtown area. Downtown hotels are sometimes a good place to catch an arriving cab.

The 317 bus along Donghai Lu and the 321 on Hong Kong Middle Road both get you out to the area near the fest. Other routes that stop near Beer City and Shilaoren are 104, 125, and 304, all of which run along Hong Kong Road and stop near Jusco and Carrefour.

Finding a hotel in Qingdao: Accommodation includes the cheap and cheerful chains Home Inn and Jinjiang Inn to the top of the line Crowne Plaza, Shangri-la, InterContinental, Le Meridien and everything in between, either in eastern Qingdao near Beer City, downtown around May 4th Square, or somewhere in the middle i.e. near Qingdao University/Mai Dao area.

There are many hostel options in old town: Kai Yue Old Church Lounge and Old Observatory Youth Hostel, Nemo (Huangxian Lu near Strong Ale Works off Daxue Lu). A great place to stay might be near the old Tsingtao Brewery on Beer Street, Dengzhou Lu, the ancestral home of Tsingtao Beer. Check out Ctrip for good deals on flight and hotel packages for the Qingdao Beer Fest.

Contact Info For Hotels In Qingdao:

Near Laoshan Beer Passion Square

  • Sophia International
    217 Xianggang Dong Lu / 香港东路217号
  • Kylin Best Western
    197 Xianggang Dong Lu / 香港东路197号
  • Home Inn
    22 Xiang Gang Dong Lu / 香港东路22号

Downtown CBD

  • Crowne Plaza
    76 Xianggang Zhong Lu / 香港中路76号
  • Shangri-La
    9 Xianggang Zhong Lu / 香港中路9号
  • Grand Regency
    110 Xianggang Zhong Lu / 香港中路110号
  • Intercontinental
    98 Aomen Lu / 澳门路98号
  • Le Meridien
    112 Yanji Lu / 延吉路112号
  • Qingdao Hotel
    66 Xianggang Zhong Lu / 香港中路66号

Near Beer Street in Taidong

  • Home Inn
    54 Dengzhou Lu / 登州路54号

Old Town

  • Kai Yue International Youth Hostel (Old Church Lounge)
    31 Jining Lu / 济宁路31号
  • Old Observatory
    21 Guanxiang Er Lu / 观象二路

Relevant Links:
Qingdao Beer Fest Official Website
Impressions of Qingdao Beer Festival

Photo Credits @ Steve Price, Qingdao Beer City